Resolution could require smoke detector inspections in Logansport

A proposed resolution would require anyone applying for and signing a building permit to agree to a smoke detector inspection within 90 days.

Posted: Feb 14, 2019 11:58 AM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Smoke detector inspections could become a requirement in Logansport.

It's in an effort to prevent more tragedies in the city.

In 2018, eight people were killed in house fires in Logansport.

A proposed resolution would require anyone applying for and signing a building permit to agree to a smoke detector inspection within 90 days. This would affect any residential or commercial property.

During the inspections by either the Building Commissioner's Office or the Logansport Fire Department, structures would be inspected to determine if the appropriate number of detectors and the proper locations for installation are in compliance with standards.

Those who don't comply would lose their building permit.

"It's not a one size fits all solution, and that's not what it's intended to be," said Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell. "There has to be tracking and a requirement that has teeth in it to require people to put smoke detectors in structures."

The resolution also calls for a joint registry of all structures with working smoke detectors to be accessed by the fire department and building commissioner's office.

Kitchell said the city attorney is reviewing the resolution.

Once that is done, the board of works can approve it.

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